Research and Innovation | News | 01 March 2015
Hypertech Energy Labs have been recently awarded with a new contract from the European Commission with the aim to develop an innovative Building Operational Rating framework, that enables significant energy savings in public office buildings through real time building monitoring, continuous measurement of the impact of different activities on the overall building energy performance and most importantly, timely, relevant and personalized feedback towards triggering sustainable energy behaviours. Ten partners from 6 EU countries - Greece (Hypertech Energy Labs/ Technical Coordinator), Spain (Solintel, City of Asparrena), Austria (BOC, BHOe), Bulgaria (Balkanika Energy, Pernik Municipality), Germany (University of Erlangen), United Kingdom (Coventry University, Grindrop) - will work together for 36 months in the €1.7M ORBEET project.
ORBEET proposes an ICT-based framework to induce behaviour change toward energy efficiency by transforming energy measurements into personalized feedback delivered through engaging user interfaces. ORBEET foresees dynamic, spatially fine-grained extensions of building-level Operational Rating methodologies and Display Energy Certificates to provide a detailed view of energy use in office spaces, business processes and organizational entities rather than entire buildings. The fusion of information from Buildings, Business Process Models and real-time energy measurements via a comprehensive ICT cloud service - the Systemic Enterprise Operational Rating framework - will enable energy use tracking and will establish direct accountability of people, processes and spaces toward overall consumption. Furthermore, by exposing the direct influence of occupant behaviour on energy use, enables the design and successful deployment of behavioural change campaigns in public organization buildings.The ORBEET framework and behavioural change interventions will undergo real-life pilot validation in four EU public buildings that provide the business, cultural and geographical diversity for demonstration of result effectiveness and transferability, toward further exploitation of project outcomes in real life applications.